Tyrannosauruses lock in combat in a painting by Charles R. Knight for the February, 1942 issue of National Geographic.
Laelops, now called Dryptosaurus, (1897) by Charles R. Knight
You would think creating, perhaps the most revolutionary piece of paleoart ever, would get some fucking appreciation, but also…
“Too many fingers, no dewclaw, crocodilian osteoderms. Note that this image may be appropriate to illustrate obsolete paleontological views...”
Coryphodon (1898) by Charles R. Knight
Coryphodon (meaning peaked tooth) is an extinct genus of mammal. It was widespread in North America between 59 and 51 million years ago. Coryphodon was a pantodont, a member of the world’s first group of large browsing mammals. It had a semi-aquatic lifestyle, likely living in swamps and marshes like a hippopotamus, although it was not closely related to modern hippos or any other animal known today. They were kind of bitchy all the time for no reason, but were worth knowing.
Dimetrodon, w/Edaphosaurus in background (1897) by Charles R. Knight
The simple phrase “Dimetrodon is not a dinosaur, its a synapsid”… repeat this hundreds of times to everyone you know, until they all understand. You will make them fucking understand…
Nesting Protoceratops (1922 - Field Museum) by Charles R. Knight
The painting was made shortly after an expedition to Mongolia that discovered an Oviraptor nest, which was believed to have belonged to Protoceratops at the time.
Diplodocus rearing up (1911) by Charles Knight
“Note that this image may be appropriate to illustrate obsolete paleontological views.”
Triceratops by Charles R. Knight.
“Charles R. Knight (1874-1953) may be the most famous of all paleontological illustrators. This painting of the museum’s Triceratops was commissioned by the Smithsonian and completed in 1901. In 1905, the Smithsonian Institution mounted the world’s first skeletal reconstruction of Triceratops for exhibition. The mount was a composite of sixteen individual skeletons of Triceratops as no single skeleton was complete. This painting received a USNM catalog number, usually reserved only for the specimen collection.”
Paleoartist Charles R. Knight working on a stegosaurus in 1899. This man could be seen as a forerunner of Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen.